Close up of Thuja (arborvitae) leaves.
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Word of the Week: Imbricate

Imbricate: Overlapping like roofing shingles; in conifers, used for tightly pressed scale leaves of many Cupressaceae and Podocarpaceae.*

The arborvitae (Thuja) above, a member of the Cupressaceae family, has imbricate scale leaves.

Eckenwalder, J.E. (2009). Conifers of the world: the complete reference. Portland: Timber Press.


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